This June 21, CANAL + and myCANAL lift the veil on “The Beast Must Die”, a series carried by the duo Jared Harris / Cush Jumbo. Here are 3 pieces of information to know before letting yourself be absorbed by this thriller in 6 episodes.
Discover The Beast Must Die exclusively on CANAL + and myCANAL from June 21.
GREAT TALENT BEHIND AND IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA
A psychological thriller in six episodes, confrontations between deep and ambivalent characters, a story of revenge, all carried by impeccable actresses and actors: this is what CANAL + and myCANAL offer you from June 21. It was on this date that the broadcast of The Beast Must Die began, acclaimed by critics and the public after its broadcast on the British platform BritBox.
Casting side, fans of the small screen will be delighted to find Jared Harris, known for his remarkable performances in Mad Men, The Crown, not to mention Chernobyl. The actor gives the answer to Cush Jumbo, English actress revealed in the 7th season of The Good Wife and in The Good Fight, but also in The Investigations of Vera.
She thus finds Gaby Chiappe, screenwriter of several episodes of Vera’s Investigations and who is writing The Beast Must Die after having signed the screenplay for Miss Revolution, released in 2020 and available on myCANAL. The music is composed by Matthew Herbert to whom we owe the soundtracks of several films such as Gloria Bell, Désobéissance or La Confidence Reign and Agathe Cléry, both directed by Etienne Chatiliez.
A POLAR WRITTEN BY THE FATHER OF A FAMOUS ACTOR
If The Beast Must Die is a real eye-catcher in 2021, the series has its roots over 80 years ago. In 1938, The Beast Must Die was released, a novel which, as its title indicates, is the source of this first television adaptation.
The author of this book? A certain Nicholas Blake. And if this name doesn’t ring a bell, it’s because it’s the pseudonym of Cecil Day-Lewis: the father of Daniel Day-Lewis, one of the most awarded actors in cinema and the only one to have won three Oscars for Best Actor!
A FRENCH FILM BY CLAUDE CHABROL
The story of The Beast Must Die is that of Frances Cairnes, a mother who raises her son alone until the tragic accident in which he dies hit by a driver who commits a hit-and-run. When the police stop their investigation, this mother will do anything to avenge her child by finding the culprit to take justice into herself.
If this story sounds familiar to you without you ever having opened Cecil Day-Lewis’s book, it’s simply because a New Wave icon adapted it into one of the movie classics. In 1969, Claude Chabrol made Que la bête meure, the story of a widowed father who swears to find the murderer of his son.
On the screen of this French remake, we notably find the famous Michel Duchaussoy in the title role (one of the first of his career) alongside Jean Yanne who shines in a crucial supporting role. They are accompanied by a very young Caroline Cellier (L’Année des méduses, Didier), Anouk Ferjac (Diabolo Menthe), or even the director Maurice Pialat who makes an appearance in the uniform of the commissioner.